The Overcoat (1952)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Original title:  Il Cappotto

Italy, 1952.  Faro Film, Titanus.  Adaptation and Screenplay by Alberto Lattuada, , , , , , , based on the story by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s eternal short story adds elements of Italian-style comedy to a tragic narrative.   stars as an underpaid civil servant who embarrasses his colleagues by coming to work always dressed in a shabby overcoat riddled with holes. When he finally decides to spend his savings and have a brand new coat made, he achieves, for a few moments, the realization of all his dreams: a stronger standing in the office, respect from his peers and even attention from the woman of his dreams. This being a Russian story, however, things are not meant to go well for too long. Alberto Lattuada’s additions to Gogol’s originally brief narrative make for a strange combination of elements, but Rascel’s performance in the lead is comedy genius and overrides the unevenness of the venture.

Berlin Film Festival: In Competition

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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